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Wet weather leads to 20% rise in elevated highway accidents

ACCIDENTS on elevated highways increased 20 percent last month compared to May as heavy rainfall created dangerous driving conditions, the Shanghai Urban and Rural Construction and Transportation Commission said today.

With wet weather more frequent in June, gridlock was also more common around the city. Average driving speeds on the elevated expressways dropped about 20 percent last month from a regular month.

Traffic congestion took place on 50 percent more road areas last month than before, the commission said.

The watchdog is advising drivers to keep their vehicles in good condition as summer storms and heat waves often to lead to more mechanical breakdowns.

Meanwhile, up to 338 kilometers of old gas pipes will be either replaced or repaired between now and the end of 2014, causing further traffic delays around the city. About 10 kilometers of underground pipes will be completed each month.


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